Several towns report increasing car break-ins

More than 30 break-ins reported in August in Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A warning from several western Massachusetts police departments. Lock your car, even if it’s parked in your driveway.

Chicopee Police Facebook Page reminds readers to lock your cars to prevent break-ins. But Chicopee isn’t the only Hampden County community reporting more break-ins and thefts this summer.

Lock your car doors and take your phones, wallets and tablets with you.

Ellie Tillet of Springfield told 22News she always takes everything with her. She said “(Not even phones?) No, I got it right here. (Laughs) And I have my wallet right here. I make sure everything is locked, and you know, just keep myself safe because crime is horrible lately.”

Just in the last month, Springfield, Chicopee and Longmeadow Police Departments reported dozens of car break-ins. Most of those involved people leaving their cars unlocked in their own driveway or in parking lots.

Longmeadow Police reported at least 21 car break-ins in August.

Springfield Police investigated at least 10 incidents.

And over the Labor Day weekend, Chicopee Police received several reports from Burnett Road.

Some drivers have installed tracking systems to prevent not just break-ins, but car thefts as well.

Lenny Andino of Springfield said “What it does is if someone breaks into your car, and they drive it too far, it lets the authorities know that your vehicle was stolen if your key isn’t in the car.”

But even without those systems, police say locking the car doors can significantly reduce your risk of becoming a victim. And it helps to park under good lighting.

If you have to leave something in your car, make sure you hide it well.

Other car break-in prevention tips include:

  • If you have a hatch back or an SUV, consider getting a cover for your cargo area
  • Hide power plugs, device adapters and GPS mounts
  • Get in the habit of putting items in the trunk right away, before you get to your next destination
  • Close windows and sunroofs
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